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Taxpayer Relief Act

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 include a number of educational tax benefits that may have an impact on students and their families. The acts include the following sections that involve the University reporting information on students to the Internal Revenue Service.

American Opportunity Tax Credit (formerly the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit): a credit that expanded and renamed the Hope Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010 only. The American Opportunity Credit is a nonrefundable credit equal to a maximum of $2500 in out-of-pocket qualified tuition, fees, and course-related material expenses that are paid by or on behalf of a student during a taxable year in which a student is enrolled at least half time in a postsecondary education leading to a recognized degree or certificate.

Lifetime Learning Credit: a nonrefundable credit equal to 20% of the first $10,000 of qualified out-of-pocket tuition and fee expenses paid by or on behalf of a student enrolled in postsecondary course work at the undergraduate or graduate level leading to a recognized degree or certificate or to improve job skills.

Student Loan Interest Deduction: a deduction from income of up to $2500 per year for interest paid on a qualified education loan.

To find out if you qualify for benefits under these or other provisions of the Taxpayer Relief Act or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, please contact a tax consultant or call the Internal Revenue Service. The University of California is not authorized to respond to tax questions.

For more information about the Taxpayer Relief Act or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, please refer to this Web site maintained for students at the University of California campuses: www.1098-T.com.